Ovation TV Will Broadcast U.S. Premiere of "Leonard Bernstein Reflections" | Playbill

News Ovation TV Will Broadcast U.S. Premiere of "Leonard Bernstein Reflections"
"Leonard Bernstein Reflections," Peter Rosen's first full-length documentary that was kept off American TV because of rights clearance issues, will finally make its U.S. broadcast debut Sept. 23 on the Ovation TV network.

Ovation TV, the network devoted exclusively to art, culture and personal creativity, will air the 30-year-old documentary at 8 PM ET/PT; check local listings.

The airing will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the late composer as well as the 65th anniversary of his debut at Carnegie Hall.

In a statement Kris Slava, SVP of Programming and Production for Ovation TV, said, "This is one of those 'hidden gems' that we live to uncover. The minute director Peter Rosen told me about it, I knew we had to have it. There are certain parts of the film that just send chills up your spine. You get to hear Bernstein himself telling the famous story of how Bruno Walter fell sick and young Bernstein took the baton at the last minute — launching his triumphant career with a standing ovation. Never before has there been such a personal portrait of Bernstein told through his own words. It brings a renewed appreciation of this gifted man and his far-reaching influence."

The film, according to press notes, "takes viewers from the Leonard Bernstein Festival in Israel in 1977 to the stage of his famous debut at Carnegie Hall in New York and into the privacy of his home and studio. Honest and intimate, Bernstein himself reveals stories never heard before about his childhood and early years in Boston, his musical growth at Harvard and at the Curtis Institute, and the influence of great masters like Reiner, Mitropoulis, and Koussevitsky."

"Leonard Bernstein Reflections" was produced, directed and photographed by Peter Rosen. As previously announced, Carnegie Hall will kick off its 118th season Sept. 24 with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony in an all-Leonard Bernstein program. The evening launches the citywide festival Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds.

For more information visit www.ovationtv.com.

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